The Lovers (2010) In Vendela Vida's third novel, The Lovers , a middle-aged woman, grieving over the death of her husband, returns to the village in Turkey where… 2010-06-22 Fiction Ecco Press
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The Lovers (2010)

Vendela Vida | The Lovers by Vendela Vida
The Lovers by Vendela Vida
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jun 22, 2010; Writer: Vendela Vida; Genre: Fiction; Publisher: Ecco Press

In Vendela Vida's third novel, The Lovers, a middle-aged woman, grieving over the death of her husband, returns to the village in Turkey where they honeymooned. Yvonne, both dignified and terrifically vulnerable, makes for a moving companion throughout this dreamy story of reawakening. Vida has a cinematic flair for storytelling. Of the desiccated town to which Yvonne returns, she writes, "It had been looted by tide and tourists and the scalding sun that robbed boats of their color." The character wrestles with her many identities — widow, woman, teacher, mother — as she struggles to see herself with clarity. It's a novel that demands a movie version starring Meryl Streep. A–

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Originally posted Jun 22, 2010 Published in issue #1109 Jul 02, 2010 Order article reprints